Hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "the single best book written in recent years on the sweep of American political history," this groundbreaking work divides our nation's history into three "regimes," each of which lasts many, many decades, allowing us to appreciate as never before the slow steady evolution of American politics, government, and law. The three regimes, which mark longer periods of continuity than traditional eras reflect, are Deferential and Republican, from the colonial period to the 1820s; Party and Democratic, from the 1830s to the 1930s; and Populist and Bureaucratic, from the 1930s to the present. Praised by The Economist as "a feast to enjoy" and by Foreign Affairs as "a masterful and fresh account of U.S. politics," here is a major contribution to the history of the United States--an entirely new way to look at our past, our present, and our future--packed with provocative and original observations about American public life.
Academic historians like Kellera Brandeis professor emeritusare often said to be incapable of writing the kind of lively, engaging accounts the public yearns for. But Keller…has put together one of the most engaging and accessible portraits of America's political evolution of recent years. He leavens his discussion with lively quotations and a sprinkling of apt statistics…if I were asked to name the single best book written in recent years on the sweep of American political history, I'd answer "America's Three Regimes."